Romeo ~ character connections
Your actions can not only affect you but others around you
Act III Scene I
The play Romeo and Juliet shows many examples where a character's actions change many other character's life. Like when Romeo avenges his best friend, Mercutio. "...Romeo, brave Mercutio's dead... this day's black fate on mo days doth depend; this but begins the woe others must end,"(Shakespeare 1048). Romeo's best friend is killed by Juliet's cousin, Tybalt, leading Romeo to kill Tybalt for the death of his closest friend. After Romeo kills Tybalt the Great Prince of Verona banishes Romeo from not only the land he calls home, but also his secret wife, Juliet.
Act IIII Scene I
After Romeo is banished his one and true love, Juliet, becomes desperate and is considering ending her life if she can't find a way to be with Romeo and not have to marry Paris, who is a suitor that her parents want her to be with. Juliet goes to Friar Laurence for help. There Juliet says that she would do anything to be with her love, Romeo. "And I will do it without fear or doubt, to live an unstained wife to my sweet love,"(Shakespeare 1074). Juliet being so desperate leads Friar Laurence into giving her a potion that will help her fake her death so she can run away with Romeo.
Act V Scene III
Friar Laurence's plan seems bulletproof, but in the end many things go wrong. Starting with the fact that Juliet's father moves her wedding with Paris, who is a suitor that Juliet's parents want her to marry, to the next day. Which makes Juliet have to take Friar Laurence's potion a day early, shortening the time Romeo has to come rescue her from the tomb she will be placed in. Although Romeo has no problem getting to Verona quickly when he is misinformed by his servant about Juliet's current position. Romeo's servant thought that Juliet was really dead which is why he tells Romeo that his love has died causing Romeo to become suicidal. " O my love! my wife! Death, that hath sucked the honey of the breath.... O, here I will set up my everlasting rest,"(Shakespeare 1074). Here Romeo is in the Capulet's tomb getting ready to commit suicide and die laying next to Juliet's body.Romeo takes the poison and dies next to his love.
Act V Scene III
Next Juliet wakes up and sees her dead love, Romeo, dead on the floor. Because of Romeo's death Juliet stabs herself with Romeo's dagger." This is thy sheath, there rust, and let me die.[she stabs herself and falls], " In the end Juliet kills herself because Romeo killed himself because he thought Juliet had died.
Relations to theme
Throughout the play the reader can see how one person's actions can cause another to do something. Such as Romeo killing Tybalt for killing Mercutio or Romeo's death for Juliet's fake death and Juliet's death for Romeo's.